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Alternative Gardening Techniques

Boone County Extension 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 5 Belvidere, IL 61008
When you don't have or want a traditional garden, you can still enjoy homegrown vegetables and herbs, thanks to some alternative ways of planting. Come learn from University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller, about some of these alternative gardening techniques. Topics covered will include growing in pallets, strawbale gardening, vertical gardening, and using self-watering containers, among others. Participants will also have the option of participating in a hands-on portion where they can make their own 18 gallon self-watering container to take home.

Join us May 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Boone County Extension Conference Room located at 205 Cadillac Ct., Suite 5 in Belvidere. The cost of this program is $5 and an additional $15 to make the self-watering container. Pre-registration is recommended by May 15, as space will be limited.

Registration can be completed online at or by calling the University of Illinois Extension at (815) 544-3710. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Boone County Extension office at 815-544-3710.

Judy Hodge

Sustainable Landscaping Series: Water Efficient Landscaping

Ida Public Library 320 N. State Street, Belvidere, IL 61008
The University of Illinois Extension is offering a Sustainable Landscaping Series beginning April 6. Classes will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Sullivan Meeting Room of Ida Public Library located at 320 N. State Street in Belvidere. Sessions will be offered every Monday April 6 through April 20. The cost is $24 for the series if registered by March 30,($30 after), or $10 per class.
• April 20: Water Efficient Landscaping, Learn how to install a rain garden and plant a xeriscape. Proper mulching techniques for water conservation, water storage & irrigation options including how to utilize solar pumps.

Participants will receive a variety of books and handouts to use for future reference. To register, visit: or call the Boone County Extension at (815) 544-3710. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call the Extension office.

Judy Hodge